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Did United States Lime & Minerals, Inc. (NASDAQ:USLM) Insiders Sell Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in United States Lime & Minerals, Inc. (NASDAQ:USLM).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

Check out our latest analysis for United States Lime & Minerals

United States Lime & Minerals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Director, Richard Cardin, sold US$60k worth of shares at a price of US$75.00 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$76.77. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 16.1% of Richard Cardin's holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 2500 shares for a total of US$183k. Insiders in United States Lime & Minerals didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:USLM Recent Insider Trading, April 12th 2019

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United States Lime & Minerals Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at United States Lime & Minerals. In total, insiders sold US$86k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of United States Lime & Minerals

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 1.5% of United States Lime & Minerals shares, worth about US$6.3m, according to our data. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Do The United States Lime & Minerals Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders haven't bought United States Lime & Minerals stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. Insiders own relatively few shares in the company, and when you consider the sales, we're not particularly excited about the stock. So we're not rushing to buy, to say the least. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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